Testosterone: Why We Need It Too!

Although it thought of as “the male hormone”, testosterone also plays important role in women’s health & vitality. Testosterone functions in the female body in maintaining skin, muscle and bone integrity, as well as improving energy levels and sex drive.

How Does this Affect Me?

In women, testosterone is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands. The ovary’s function is to help produce testosterone even after menopause. Women who have their ovaries removed are at a higher risk of having decreased levels of testosterone and therefore the symptoms associated with the deficient levels. The onset of peri-menopause and menopause may also cause the decline in production of this hormone in women which can lead to decreased sexual interest, decrease d muscle mass and strength, bone deterioration, and decreased motivation. In addition, testosterone in women is partially responsible for the sensitivity of a woman’s nipples and clitoris. Therefore, it not only affects a woman’s libido, but also the experience.

Symptoms of low testosterone:

  • Weight gain and decline in muscle tone
  • Fatigue, decrease energy
  • Low motivation
  • Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Mild depression
  • Less dreaming
  • Dry, thin skin, with poor elasticity
  • Thinning and dry hair
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Thin lips
  • Anxiety
  • Hypersensitive, hyper-emotional states

Symptoms of excess testosterone:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Changes in memory
  • Fatigue
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Salt and sugar cravings
  • Agitation
  • Anger
  • Facial hair
  • Acne/oily skin
  • Increase in insulin resistance
  • Decrease in HDL
  • Irregular periods
  • Infertility
  • Weight gain (apple body shape)
  • Fluid retention
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss
  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Increased risk of breast cancer